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Bill Belichick shares the most 'emotional' moment of his NFL career

Bill Belichick shares the most 'emotional' moment of his NFL career

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick isn't the sentimental type.

But during the occasional Friday press conference, the New England Patriots coach will take a brief walk down memory lane.

Belichick was asked Friday to describe the "most emotional moment" of his 44-year NFL career. The question caught him a little off-guard -- but he provided a legitimate answer.

"I'd say just getting into the NFL," Belichick said. "The day I know I had a job with the Colts, that was a pretty exciting day. I never really expected that."

That day was back in 1975, when Baltimore Colts head coach Ted Marchibroda gave a 17-year-old Belichick his first NFL job as a special assistant.

Belichick shot up the coaching ranks from there, being named the Giants' special teams coach in 1979 before landing New York's defensive coordinator job in 1985. Then came his first head coach job with the Cleveland Browns in 1995, then his first Super Bowl title with the Patriots in 2001.

The first day of Belichick's NFL career still is the most memorable, but the normally stoic head coach admitted all of the significant moments in his career still stick with him.

"To be named the coordinator to coach special teams to being the head coach to winning championships, I mean, those are all pretty special," Belichick said. "I won't say they all run together, but it'd be hard to rank them. They're all milestones, I guess."

It was a rare moment of reflection for Belichick, who we're sure is already back to preparing for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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NFL Rumors: Patriots hiring ex-Rams assistant offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch

NFL Rumors: Patriots hiring ex-Rams assistant offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch

The New England Patriots reportedly have made an addition to their coaching staff.

According to Jim McBride of The Boston Globe, they've hired ex-Los Angeles Rams assistant offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.

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Fisch's official role with the Patriots offense is to be determined. But now that there's an opening at wide receivers coach with Joe Judge joining the New York Giants, Fisch could be a candidate for the job.

He brings plenty of experience to the table having coached Denver Broncos wide receivers in 2008 and Michigan receivers from 2015-16. Fisch also coached Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks in 2010 and was the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive coordinator from 2013-14.

What Jim Gray has learned from his weekly Tom Brady interviews

What Jim Gray has learned from his weekly Tom Brady interviews

For the last 10 years, Jim Gray has conducted weekly interviews with Tom Brady throughout the NFL season. Over that period of time, Gray has learned plenty about the longtime New England Patriots quarterback.

In a recent interview with the New York Post, Gray opened up about the admirable way Brady has approached each of his interviews on Westwood One Radio. It all started with a promise made by Brady 10 years ago that he's kept to this day.

"Meticulous, prepared, very responsive, on time, humble, he’s unbelievable really," Gray said. "He never says, “Don’t ask me anything.” If he doesn’t want to answer the question then that’s how he will respond to it, but there are no preconditions.

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"He wrote me a handwritten note 10 years ago now before we started this. It said, “I look forward to doing the show. You’ll get the same effort out of me on Monday nights that I give my teammates on Sunday afternoons.” And that has been the case, he’s never missed a show."

Although the Patriots' season ended weeks ago, Brady remains the center of attention in the NFL world. The 42-year-old is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time of his career on March 18.

Despite maintaining a close relationship with Brady over the years, Gray knows as much about the six-time Super Bowl champion's future as the rest of us. When Brady himself doesn't appear to know how his offseason will unfold, Gray says there's no reason to ask him about it.

"He doesn’t know," Gray said. "When he doesn’t know I am not sure how any of us can know. How many times can you ask the same question? As it evolves he will let us know. It’s not like he’s hiding something. I’ve asked him and he’s committed several times on the air to us that he’s playing next season. There’s not much he can be involved with outside the Patriots till March 18."

All signs point toward Brady returning for his 21st NFL season, so the weekly Westwood One interviews should continue. As for whether Brady will be a Patriot for his 11th year of interviews with Gray, that'll likely remain a mystery for the next couple of months.

Gray and Brady's final interview of the 2019-20 season will take place before Super Bowl 54 on Feb. 2.

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